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BiOutils and TheScienceBreaker: bringing academic researchers closer to STEM educators

English title BiOutils and TheScienceBreaker: bringing academic researchers closer to STEM educators
Applicant Linder Patrick
Number 171630
Funding scheme Agora
Research institution Dépt Microbiologie et Médecine Moléculaire Faculté de Médecine Université de Genève
Institution of higher education University of Geneva - GE
Main discipline Molecular Biology
Start/End 01.03.2017 - 30.06.2019
Approved amount 199'596.00
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Keywords (6)

Continuing Professional Development; Scientific literature democratization; Molecular Biology; Scientific literature; Education; Science communication

Lay Summary (French)

Lead
Le développement d'un engagement public rigoureux et factuel avec la science et la technologie est essentielle aux avancées économiques, sociales et technologiques des sociétés modernes. Cette engagement public se heurte principalement à deux problèmes majeurs: (i) la recherche scientifique n’a jamais été aussi productive, avec une nouvelle publication scientifique publiée toutes les 26 secondes; (ii) la diffusion des découverte scientifiques par les médias (par exemple la télévision, les médias sociaux, les blogs, etc.) réduit de plus en plus les chercheurs à un rôle passif de spectateur. Les éducateurs STEM doivent donc œuvrer pour faire face à cette double problématique : l’abondance de nouvelles découvertes et l'absence de chercheurs impliqué dans la communication.
Lay summary

Le présent projet vise à mettre en place des ressources innovantes, faciles à utiliser, axées sur les découvertes scientifiques les plus récentes. Celles-ci seront expliquées directement par les chercheurs. Ce projet permettra de fournir un soutien aux enseignants de STEM (Science," Technology," Engineering" and" Mathematics"), en facilitant l’actualisation de leur connaissance et en leur proposant des activités en classe, basées sur le matériel développé directement par les chercheurs eux-mêmes. Les principaux objectifs sont (i) de soutenir la formation continue des enseignants par des commentaires scientifiques rédigés par des chercheurs actifs; (ii) de stimuler et de soutenir l'intérêt des élèves pour la littérature scientifique, (iii) de promouvoir chez les étudiants la profession de chercheur ainsi que son rôle et son identité dans la société. Concrètement, en plus des documents vulgarisés fournis, des webinaires scientifiques seront organisés pour les formations continues ainsi que pour des discussions avec les élèves. Le projet ciblera principalement les établissements du secondaire II (STEM éducateurs et leurs élèves) pour les disciplines des Sciences de la vie.

Le processus de développement des ressources se fera à partir du matériel publié sur TheScienceBreaker (http://thesciencebreaker.ch/), plate-forme de publication de BiOutils (http://www.bioutils.ch), interface pour les sciences de la vie de l’Université de Genève. Ces ressources seront complétées par du matériel pédagogique, directement développé en collaboration avec les enseignants locaux. Le Laboratoire de Culture Visuelle (http://www.supsi.ch/lcv) de l'Université des Sciences Appliquées et des Arts du Sud de la Suisse sera en charge du graphisme des ressources proposées afin de stimuler son accès au jeune public.
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Lay Summary (English)

Lead
More and more, economical, social and technological advancements of modern societies rely upon the development of a rigorous and factual public engagement with science and technology. Such urgent need mainly contrasts with two inherent aspects of our everyday living: (i) Scientific research is as productive as never before with a new scientific discovery produced every 26 seconds; (ii) the mass-media (e.g. television, social media, blogs etc.) diffusion of scientific news is more and more reducing scientists to passive spectators of the scientific debate. In such context, schools STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) educators struggle to orientate and to keep the pace of this combined situation (i.e. new discoveries and the absence of researchers involved with their communication).
Lay summary

The current project will develop innovative and easy-to-use resources focused on latest scientific discoveries directly explained by scientists involved in the field of the discussed research. The aim is to provide support and resources for STEM teachers, complementing their background and their classroom activities with material developed by academic researchers. In particular, the goals of the project will be (i) to support local teacher’s continuing professional development (CPD) with scientific reports written by active scientists (ii) to engage, bolster and frame students’ interest for scientific literature through the participation of scientists within science-focused debates (iii) to promote among students the professional identification with the role of scientist, especially with less represented minorities in science. To achieve this, the deliverables of the project will be resources in the form of (a) jargon-free and easy readable documents for CPD and classroom use (b) supplementary pedagogical material (c) scientists-held webinars for CPD and classroom use. The main audience will be upper-secondary schools (STEM educators and their students). The main field of interest of the resources will be Life Sciences.

The resources-development process will take advantage of the material published on TheScienceBreaker (http://thesciencebreaker.ch/), on-line science communication publishing platform from the life sciences interface BiOutils (http://www.bioutils.ch), University of Geneva. Beside that, the resources will be complemented by curriculum-wise pedagogical material, directly developed in collaboration with local STEM teachers. The Laboratory of Visual Culture (http://www.supsi.ch/lcv) from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland will then graphically frame resources in order to further engage the younger audience.

 

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Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Employees

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Dr. Pierre Brawand/College Rousseau, Geneva Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Department of Plant Biology Switzerland (Europe)
- Publication
Mr. Giancarlo Gianocca/University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland - SUPSI Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) break'd! - Fascination of Plants Day 2019 Western Switzerland 2019
Video/Film Webinar - Prof. Chris Stringer & Dr. Louise Humphrey Western Switzerland 2019
Video/Film Webinar - Prof. Pilar Junier Western Switzerland 2019
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) break'd! - Microbiology I (microbiota) Western Switzerland 2018
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) break'd! - Microbiology II (antimicrobial resistance) Western Switzerland 2018
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) break'd! - Molecular Genetic Western Switzerland 2018
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) break'd! - Neuroscience Western Switzerland 2018
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Break’d ! Biology Section Blog - University of Geneva Western Switzerland 2017
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) break'd! - Evolution Western Switzerland 2017
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) break'd! - Plant Biology Western Switzerland 2017
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) Project flyer (A5) Western Switzerland 2017
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) Project Infography (A5) Western Switzerland 2017
Media relations: print media, online media Un nouveau projet pour soutenir l’enseignement en biologie a été lancé Le Journal - UNIGE Western Switzerland 2017
Video/Film Webinar - Prof. Neil Shubin Western Switzerland 2017

Abstract

With a publication-pace of one scientific article published every 26 seconds, the resulting data-deluge is posing several challenges to those who need to keep their scientific background up-to-date. Among those, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) educators are those confronted with the most delicate task, having to set the basis for the future generations’ scientific literacy.The aim of the current project is to provide resources for the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) of STEM teachers, with a perspective of latest scientific publications offered directly by life sciences academic researchers. Within the project, the first objective will be to provide teachers with a panel of resources around selected/requested scientific publications, accompanied by supplementary material and pedagogical guidelines. The material will be drafted and copyedited by life sciences academic researchers and expert communicators. The second objective will start from those resources, bringing life sciences academic researchers closer to schools’ environment, thanks to ad hoc CDP and classroom webinars. Importantly, this second approach will also promote the professional identification of students with a particular focus on less represented minority in science (gender equality).We believe that the project will contribute in keeping life sciences STEM educators enthusiastic about their field of interest. At the same time, it will bring life sciences researchers closer to the promotion of the public engagement with science and technology through the democratization of scientific literature.
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